Nissan South Africa
|Headquarters||Rosslyn, Gauteng, South Africa|
In 1965, the assembly of Datsun automobiles began at Motor Assemblies. The Datsun 1200 was the first Japanese passenger car to be imported in South Africa in 1966. Other sources cite the year 1959.
Rosslyn Motor Assemblers
After the assembly plant Motor Assemblies, in which models of different brands were produced, was taken over by Toyota end of 1964, it came to the founding of the Rosslyn Motor Assemblers Ltd. and to the construction of an assembly plant mainly for Datsun models in Rosslyn. Opened in 1966, the factory was initially a free assembly plant for the South African market, as the Bekker brothers awarded the Nissan concession to the mining company Messina Transvaal, which was interested in a greater diversification of the assembly. Other sources name the year 1965 as the opening year.
The company was renamed Datsun Nissan South Africa Ltd. in 1973 and, according to one source, focused on the sole production of Nissan products sold under the Datsun brand. Ten years later (1983) the name of the company was changed to Nissan SA.
With the start of production of the Fiat Uno in 1988, a new parent company called Automakers SA Ltd. was founded. This company was located in Sandton. In one source, this company is also referred to as Nissan Automakers SA.
The Rosslyn plant employs around 2,000 people.
In addition to Datsun models that were produced between 1967-1973, vehicles of the Alfa Romeo brand were also produced. Added to this were Rambler vehicles (January 1968 to 1969) and Renault models (from 1968). In the next few years, the product range was supplemented by vehicles from the brands Peugeot and Citroën.
From 1971 to 2008, the pick-up model Nissan 1400 was built exclusively in South Africa (initially as Datsun 1200, then as Datsun 120Y or 1400). In total, around 275,000 copies of the Nissan 1400 were sold. Other models made only in South Africa were the Datsun 140Z (mid-1970s) and the Datsun 160Z (1978-1980).
From 1990 (or 1988) to 2005, the Fiat Uno was manufactured. The end of production is also stated in 2004. Other Fiat models produced by Nissan South Africa have been the Fiat Palio (since 1999), the Fiat Siena (since 2000) and the Fiat Strada (since 2005). The assembly agreement with Fiat was due to expire in 2008.
In the years 1976 to 1978 (or 1976 and 1978) Nissan was with its brand Datsun the leading supplier in South Africa. Nissan had in 2014 in Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa) the second largest market share.
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